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May 31, 2019 7:00PM


Melanie Sifton Talk


Experience The Life of a Dead Tree by Mark Dion through a series of talks, workshops, and guided walks that open up an appreciation for dead trees and the myriad life forms they support.

Horticulturalist Melanie Sifton presents a talk on urban ecosystem management and nature in the city. Intersecting with Mark Dion’s exhibition, The Life of a Dead Tree, Sifton discusses her in-depth experience in building and supporting urban oases and natural areas in cities. Soil ecology and restoration—often overlooked factors in urban design and construction practices—will also be discussed.


Melanie Sifton is a horticulturist and urban tree nerd with a background in public garden leadership. The former director of Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology in Toronto, and the former Vice President of Horticulture; Facilities for Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City, she is currently pursuing doctoral studies at University of Toronto to investigate plant-soil interactions and landscape remediation for urban forest conservation.

Registration includes access to the museum and The Life of a Dead Tree.

Pay-what-you-can at MOCA from July 8 to September 4. No advance tickets are needed. Donations can be made at the museum.